Suite from ShadowBang
for clarinet, electric guitar, piano, percussion, cello, and double bass(2001)
|Commission||ShadowBang in its entirety was commissioned by the Rockefeller Multi-Arts Program|
|Premiere||October 2001; Little Kresge Theater at MIT, Cambridge, MA; Wayan Wija & the Bang on a Can All-Stars|
ShadowBang is a theater piece combining aspects of Balinese traditional shadow puppetry ('wayang kulit') with western stage design and music. The narrative is an picaresque story-wtihin-a-story from the HIndu Ramayana epic, enacted by Balinese shadowpuppet master Wayan Wija with hundreds of hand-crafted leather shadowpuppets, live dance, and Wija's mulitlingual vocaliziations. Balinese and western theater traditions are very different, but both use incidental music for achetypical theatrical situations - tunes that signal a love scene, a battle, suspense, etc. For this suite I've selected four movements from the original, reordering them to create a purely musical narrative. "Angkat' is travel music; "Ocean" is water music; "Meditation" speaks for itself; "Head" is an overture.